Jefferson University Hospitals

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

If you fit into any of the descriptions below, you may be at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease, or PAD, in one or both legs (lower extremity).

  • Younger than 50 years of age with diabetes and one additional risk factor such as smoking, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure or elevated homocysteine levels in the blood
  • Age 50 to 69 and have a history of smoking or diabetes
  • Age 70 or older
  • Have abnormal lower-extremity pulse examination
  • Known coronary artery disease, carotid disease or renal artery disease

The highly skilled surgeons at Jefferson Health can perform minimally invasive procedures known as endovascular revascularization to treat this disease.

A decade ago, lower extremity PAD was mainly treated by long, open bypass surgery to restore blood flow. More recently, thanks to the introduction and improvement of surgical devices such as specialized catheters, angioplasty balloons, and stents, lower extremity PAD symptoms can be relieved through a procedure called endovascular revascularization via a small incision in the groin.

If left untreated, lower extremity PAD may lead to amputation. In addition, patients who have PAD are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of PAD, you should see your doctor as soon as possible:

  • pain or cramps in your legs while walking,
  • a burning sensation in your foot while resting, or
  • poorly healing wounds and/or gangrene on your feet

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or request an appointment online.